With the increasing number of COVID-positive cases in the state, there has been a spike in the demand for oxygen cylinders and concentrators. Concentrators are being used widely in the second wave. According to the doctors, concentrators help in increasing the oxygen level in a person. A lot of people are suggested to use concentrators even after testing negative.
Since the demand is many times more than the supply, one has to pay higher prices for the oxygen concentrators. Recently, the Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Nani said that the government would be providing 200 oxygen concentrators to the Chittoor district to meet the growing demand. The price of an oxygen concentrator with a 5-liter capacity is usually around Rs. 30,000 to 40,000 has been increased to Rs. 1lakh to 1.20 lakh, whereas the price of the oxygen concentrator with 10-liter capacity is Rs. 1.50 lakh upwards. The concentrators produced by the big companies are costing more. With the shortage in supply, the black market for concentrators is flourishing; cheap concentrators imported from China are being sold for lakhs of rupees in the black market.
Due to the lack of government regulations, the prices of oxygen cylinders, valves, and masks have increased. The state government has to take immediate measures to increase the supply of oxygen concentrators and reduce their prices.